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Donna Hood Crecca

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Donna Hood Crecca

Donna Hood Crecca is the Senior Director of the Adult Beverage Resource Group at Technomic Inc. She is a veteran of the drinks industry, having written about beverage alcohol in on-premise establishments and at retail for nearly two decades. Before joining Technomic, she was Publisher & Editorial Director of Nightclub & Bar magazine; prior to that she was Editor of Cheers. Additionally, she served as a Contributing Editor to Chain Leader and Editor of F&B Business. She has broad knowledge of bar, nightclub and restaurant marketing, operations, human resources and growth strategies, with specific expertise in beverage sales, promotion, service and training, having covered these topics for a number of industry magazines. She is a frequent presenter at industry events, including the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show, Tales of the Cocktail, National Restaurant Association Show, Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART) and the Alcohol Responsibility Conference. Crecca holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University and has done graduate work in magazine publishing management at New York University. She is BarSmarts Advanced Certified and has served as President of the International Foodservice Editorial Council.


Donna Hood Crecca Blog
Fight the Ignition Interlock Mandate   July 31, 2009
By: Donna Hood Crecca

For those who thought it couldn’t happen, well, it looks like it’s closer to becoming reality. Ignition interlock as punishment for all drunk driving offenders could be here shortly.

CHART Article
CHART Releases State of Training Report   July 29, 2009
By: Donna Hood Crecca

Training budgets are being cut in almost every segment of the hospitality industry, with casual and family dining chain operators experiencing the sharpest decline.

Beer in cocktails Article
Beer Cocktail Development   July 22, 2009
By: Donna Hood Crecca

A range of styles and rash of flavors offers mixologists a hoppy playground.

Donna Hood Crecca Blog
Trends in Cocktail Culture by Donna Hood Crecca   July 21, 2009
By: Donna Hood Crecca

Tales of the Cocktail drew crowds to the Crescent City yet again for five days of exploring all things cocktail. The event was exhilarating and exhausting, and highlighted some emerging trends in the business.

Tales of the Cocktail Article
Trends in Cocktail Culture   July 15, 2009
By: Donna Hood Crecca

Tales of the Cocktail drew crowds to the Crescent City yet again for five days of exploring all things cocktail, July 8 –12. The event was both exhilarating and exhausting, and it highlighted some emerging trends in the cocktail business.

Donna Hood Crecca Article
What’s In It For Me?    July 6, 2009
By: Donna Hood Crecca

To ensure you get an answer to the “what’s in it for me” query when you open Nightclub & Bar, we’re introducing story tags to show stories that specifically cover a particular segment so you can quickly locate articles about your type of business.

Eddie Pacha Article
Dean’s Dos & Don’ts   June 25, 2009
By: Donna Hood Crecca

After 20 years running bars and nightclubs, Pacha NYC president Eddie Dean outlined his advice for operators looking to beat the odds in the current environment.

The Magic Bag Article
Operations: Michigan Operators Voluntarily Go Smoke-Free   June 17, 2009
By: Donna Hood Crecca

Daniel Haberman, co-owner of the bosco restaurant in Ferndale, Mich., and his partner and brother Jeremy, who also owns The Magic Bag, a live music venue in Ferndale, are voluntarily going smoke-free in both locations as of July 4.

Madd Article
Industry Issues | MADD Cuts Ties to The Century Council   June 17, 2009
By: Donna Hood Crecca

MADD contends that The Century Council is deviating from its promise not to oppose legislation calling for ignition interlocks for first-time DWI offenders via some letters circulated in states where such legislation is pending.

Donna Hood Crecca Blog
Farewell to a Legend   June 9, 2009
By: Donna Hood Crecca

The restaurant industry lost a true legend Tuesday when Norman Brinker passed away at the age of 78.



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